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CA Gov Invites Disney To Relocate Jobs From Florida

Florida Politics reports: As Disney withers criticism from the left and right over a controversial Florida education bill, California’s Governor offered a solution. “Disney, the door is open to bring those jobs back to California — the state that actually represents the values of your workers,” tweeted California Gov. Gavin Newsom. The wooing comes less than a year after Disney …

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ABC Poll: Only 37% Support “Don’t Say Gay” Laws

ABC News reports: More than 6 in 10 Americans oppose legislation that would prohibit classroom lessons about sexual orientation or gender identity in elementary school, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds. The ABC News/Ipsos poll found that 62% of Americans oppose such legislation, while 37% support it. Support for this type of legislation increases with age, but doesn’t reach majority …

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Court Blocks Abbott’s Anti-Trans “Child Abuse” Order

Forbes reports: A state judge blocked Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s divisive order for “child abuse” investigations into parents of transgender children receiving gender-affirming medical care, issuing a statewide injunction Friday as the litigation against it plays out. Texas District Court Judge Amy Clark Meachum ruled from the bench that the directive should be blocked at the end of a hearing …

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Disney CEO Apologizes For Slow Response To “Don’t Say Gay,” Will Suspend Political Donations In Florida

The Hollywood Reporter reports: Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Chapek apologized to employees at the company for the company’s handling of Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, and said that it would be pausing political donations in the state. Chapek also said that the company will be “increasing our support for advocacy groups to combat similar legislation in other states.” …

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Major Firms Denounce Anti-Trans Abbott In New Ad

The New York Times reports: More than 60 major businesses, including household names in technology and retail, have signed onto a new advertising campaign in Texas protesting a move by the state’s governor to label as “child abuse” medical treatments that are widely considered to be the standard of care for transgender teenagers. In digital ads and a full-page advertisement …

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Día Histórico: Same-Sex Marriages Begin In Chile

CBS News reports: Two same-sex couples became the first Thursday to legally tie the knot in Chile, which joined countries in majority Catholic Latin America to allow LGBTQ couples to marry. Under a law approved by Congress in December and signed by outgoing President Sebastian Pinera, they can also now adopt children. “We never imagined we would experience this moment …

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Human Rights Campaign Rejects $5M Donation From Disney Until The Company Takes “Meaningful Action”

Via press release from the Human Rights Campaign: After remaining silent as the bill made its way through the Florida state legislature over the past few weeks, [Disney CEO Bob] Chapek spoke out against pending anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and spoke up for LGBTQ+ people in Florida and across the country. In his statement, Chapek shared that Disney recently joined more than …

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Ingraham: Liberals Are Sexually Grooming Children

“When did our public schools, any schools, become what are essentially grooming centers for gender identity radicals? As a mom, I think it’s appalling, it’s frightening, it’s disgusting, it’s despicable. “Florida just passed a bill to keep this type of sexual brainwashing out of schools. Democrats, though, claim the bill is bigoted, branding it as the ‘Don’t Say Gay Bill.’ …

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Disney Finally Comes Out Against FL’s “Don’t Say Gay”

Orlando’s NBC News affiliate reports: Bob Chapek, Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, has now made comments opposing a controversial bill nicknamed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.  House bill 1557 received 22 “yes” votes and 17 “no” votes in the Senate on Tuesday. Gov. Ron DeSantis has indicated he will sign the bill into law. During a Disney …

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TN House Advances Its Own Version Of “Don’t Say Gay”

The Associated Press reports: House Republicans in Tennessee advanced legislation on Tuesday that would ban public schools from using textbooks or materials that “promote, normalize, support or address LGBT issues or lifestyles.” Critics argue the bill is similar to a measure that Florida’s Republican-dominated legislature passed just hours earlier, which would forbid instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in …

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Grisham: My Gay Son Is Ashamed I Worked For Trump

“This one is personal to me. Because of my former boss. I have a 14-year-old son who is gay. Recently came out as gay. I have his permission to talk about this. He didn’t want to tell his friends where I worked. “He was ashamed of where I worked, rightfully so, but also the fact that there’s this ‘don’t say …

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Education Sec: “Don’t Say Gay” May Violate Title IX

From Education Secretary Miguel Cardona: Parents across the country are looking to national, state, and district leaders to support our nation’s students, help them recover from the pandemic, and provide them the academic and mental health supports they need. Instead, leaders in Florida are prioritizing hateful bills that hurt some of the students most in need. The Department of Education …

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Equality Florida Warns DeSantis Over “Don’t Say Gay”: We Will Sue If This Law Causes Harm To A Single Child

Via press release from Equality Florida: The Don’t Say Gay bill has passed the FL legislature and now goes to the governor’s desk. Let us be clear: should its vague language be interpreted in any way that causes harm to a single child, teacher, or family, we will lead legal action against the State of Florida to challenge this bigoted …

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Students Protest “Don’t Say Gay” Bill At Florida Capitol

Florida Politics reports: A group of Florida students took to the Capitol steps in Tallahassee Monday morning in a last-ditch plea with state Senators to vote down a controversial measure dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by its critics. Students chanted “we say gay” and planned sit-in protests throughout the day as the Senate prepares to take up the controversial …

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GOP Utah Governor To Veto Anti-Trans Athletes Bill

The Associated Press reports: Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said that he plans to veto legislation passed Friday that would ban transgender student-athletes from competing in girls sports. Without his support, Utah is unlikely to join the 11 states, all Republican-led, that have recently enacted bans on transgender girls wanting to compete in school sports leagues. In vowing to veto the …

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Disney Dodges On Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

The Wrap reports: The Walt Disney Company on Friday responded to calls for action over the Florida House of Represenatives’ passage of a “Don’t Say Gay” bill that would limit what classrooms can teach about sexual orientation and gender. However, the media giant sidestepped the bill itself  and instead recommitted itself more broadly to LGBTQ+ rights. “We understand how important …

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FL Students Walk Out Over “Don’t Say Gay” [VIDEO]

First Coast News reports: Students across Florida protested the ‘Don’t Say Gay bill’ Thursday by walking out of their classrooms, according to multiple sources. The walk-out protests happened across the state at noon. “With the internet access that children have today, there are children that age asking questions, trying to figure out what it is, even if they don’t know …

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Parents Sue TX Gov Over Anti-Trans Children Order

Politico reports: Civil rights groups, a clinical psychologist and the family of a Texas child protection worker sued Gov. Greg Abbott and the state on Tuesday, challenging the Republican governor’s order to investigate the use of gender-affirming procedures on children. According to a complaint filed in a state district court, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services launched an …

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Activists Call For NYC Mayor To Rescind Appointments Of Two Pastors With History Of Anti-LGBTQ Advocacy

Gothamist reports: LGBTQ New Yorkers rallied outside City Hall Thursday afternoon calling again for Mayor Eric Adams rescind two appointees to his administration with a long history of homophobic and transphobic stances and statements. “Mayor Adams has given us the middle finger,” said Allen Roskoff, president of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, an LGBTQ political group, who proceeded to …

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Man Pleads Guilty Of Threats To Bomb NYC Pride March

From the Justice Department: Earlier today, in federal court in Central Islip, Robert Fehring pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Joanna Seybert to mailing more than 20 letters threatening to assault, shoot, and bomb LGBTQ+ affiliated individuals, organizations and businesses. When sentenced, Fehring faces up to five years’ imprisonment. As set forth in the court filings and today’s proceeding, …

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